Bob Dole's Previous Anti-Abortion Campaign

March 26, 1996
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Dr. William Roy

Bob Dole’s opponent in 1974

Kate Michelman

Executive Director, National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

Back in 1974, a House member who was an OB/GYN ran against Bob Dole for Senate. Dole waged an anti-abortion smear campaign against his opponent, calling him an "abortionist" and going so far as to take ads out in the newspaper with skull and crossbones. It was the first time abortion was so politicized in a Congressional campaign.


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